Less than 100 days now until the start of Rally Australia
TICKETS to the 2014 Coates Hire Coffs Coast Rally Australia went on sale this week starting a countdown to the return of the world's greatest drivers on September 11-14.
Rally Australia will offer fans a wide range of spectator options priced from $35 for a one-day ticket.
Australia's Chris Atkinson and Hayden Paddon of New Zealand will drive for the top-flight Hyundai Shell World Rally team.
The men accepted the first official ticket issued.
"I can't wait to get behind the wheel of my Hyundai i20 WRC on my home rally," Atkinson said.
"Coates Hire Rally Australia is going to be an amazing event and I urge every Aussie fan to book their tickets now so they get to see the world's best rally action right here."
Event manager David Catchpole said there were more reasons than ever to buy a ticket this year.
"We'll have the new Hyundai Super Special Stage over two nights, (and) a more compact choice of daytime spectator points with significantly upgraded facilities for a more comfortable and enjoyable experience," he said.
"There's free-entry to Hi-Tec Oils Service Park that will pump with action and entertainment day and night."
Dedicated spectator viewing will be provided on 18 of the 20 competition special stages scheduled from Friday morning, following a free ceremonial start.
Events will be televised to the world and the most popular are expected to be the Saturday Rally Village on the Nambucca stage and the Sunday Rally Village on Wedding Bells.
The villages will offer extended viewing, live commentary, food, drink, souvenir sales, toilets and parking.
As well as the WRC field, the rally stages will see action from cars in the Australian Rally Championship including Classic Cars and the Side-by-Side Challenge.
Tickets and information including prices, maps and the special stage timetable are available online.